Local Land Services urges locals to reach out as land and stock returns deadline looms

HELP ON HAND: Gunnedah Local Land Services customer service officers Lisa Naismith and Margo Weekes are on hand to help land holders with any inquiries they have. Photo: Billy Jupp
HELP ON HAND: Gunnedah Local Land Services customer service officers Lisa Naismith and Margo Weekes are on hand to help land holders with any inquiries they have. Photo: Billy Jupp

THE region’s landholders are being urged to reach out for assistance as the Local Land Services (LLS) land and stock returns deadline looms.

Conducted annually, the returns allows LLS up-to-date information regarding stock numbers around the state.

LLS acting statewide chair, Susan Madden said the information was invaluable in the event of a disease outbreak.

“Effective animal bio-security and welfare is insurance to maintain market access for livestock producers,” Ms Maddern said.

Ms Maddern said the annual returns have a major impact on the quality of stock produced in the state.

“NSW produce is free of many of the pests and diseases found in other parts of the world,” she said.

“That is why LLS works with land managers to monitor livestock and share up-to-date advice and information to increase productivity.”

HELP ON HAND: Gunnedah Local Land Services customer service officers Lisa Naismith and Margo Weekes are on hand to help land holders with any inquiries they have. Photo: Billy Jupp

HELP ON HAND: Gunnedah Local Land Services customer service officers Lisa Naismith and Margo Weekes are on hand to help land holders with any inquiries they have. Photo: Billy Jupp

Producers are urged to complete and submit their annual return by August 31.

Landholders without stock still need to lodge a return, as this is also important information during emergencies.

Locals needing help with their return are being urged to visit their local LLS offices with the Gunnedah office now having two customer service officers permanently based at the site.

As well as land and stock returns, LLS will also be on hand to answer any questions relating to the state government’s $500 million drought assistance package.

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Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said included in the drought assistance package was $100 million for the waiving of LLS fees.

“As part of the emergency funding I am pleased to announce waivers on Local Land Services annual rates, fixed charges on water licences, registration costs for class one agricultural vehicles, and interest on existing Farm Innovation Fund loans,” Mr Blair said.

“We know many families are also having to bring in water for domestic use, which is why we have also set aside additional funding for this essential service.

“The package we have has to be fair, it has to be equitable and it has to be able to be adapted to all types of farming businesses right across NSW.” 

Returns can be completed online.

For more information visit www.lls.nsw.gov.au or contact the Gunnedah LLS office on 6742 9220.

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